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Writers:
John Cleese (story) and
Charles Crichton (story) ...
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Release Date:
5 August 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood. See more »
Plot:
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Funniest Movie Ever Made See more (173 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cleese ... Archie Leach

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Wanda Gershwitz

Kevin Kline ... Otto

Michael Palin ... Ken Pile

Maria Aitken ... Wendy
Tom Georgeson ... Georges Thomason
Patricia Hayes ... Mrs. Coady

Geoffrey Palmer ... Judge

Cynthia Cleese ... Portia (as Cynthia Caylor)
Mark Elwes ... Customer in Jeweler's Shop
Neville Phillips ... Manager of Jeweler's Shop
Peter Jonfield ... Inspector Marvin
Ken Campbell ... Bartlett
Al Ashton ... Warder
Roger Hume ... Locksmith
Roger Brierley ... Davidson
Llewellyn Rees ... Sir John
Michael Percival ... Percival
Kate Lansbury ... Magistrate

Robert Ian Mackenzie ... Copper (as Robert Cavendish)
Andrew MacLachlan ... Eebedee
Roland MacLeod ... Vicar
Jeremy Child ... Mr. Johnson
Pamela Miles ... Mrs. Johnson
Tom Pigott Smith ... Child Johnson (13)
Katherine John ... Child Johnson (10)
Sophie Johnstone ... Child Johnson (8)
Kim Barclay ... Nanny
Sharon Twomey ... 1st Junior Barrister (Defence Counsel)
Patrick Newman ... 2nd Junior Barrister (Defence Counsel)
David Simeon ... Clerk of Court (Old Bailey)
Imogen Bickford-Smith ... Stenographer
Tia Lee ... Junior Barrister (Prosecutor Counsel)
Robert Putt ... Police Officer (Old Bailey)
Waydon Croft ... 1st Prison Officer
John Dixon ... 2nd Prison Officer
Anthony Pedley ... Irate Driver
Robert McBain ... Hotel Clerk
Clare McIntyre ... Airline Employee
Charu Bala Chokshi ... Indian Cleaner

Stephen Fry ... Hutchison
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bird ... Clerk of the Magistrate's Court (uncredited)

Robert Goodman ... Street thug (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Crichton 
John Cleese (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Cleese (story) and
Charles Crichton (story)

John Cleese (written by)

Produced by
Steve Abbott .... executive producer
John Cleese .... executive producer
John Comfort .... associate producer
Michael Shamberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Du Prez 
 
Cinematography by
Alan Hume 
 
Film Editing by
John Jympson 
 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
 
Production Design by
Roger Murray-Leach 
 
Art Direction by
John Wood 
 
Set Decoration by
Stephenie McMillan 
 
Costume Design by
Hazel Pethig 
 
Makeup Department
Lynda Armstrong .... makeup artist (as Lynda Armstrong-Lawlor)
Paul Engelen .... makeup supervisor
Barry Richardson .... key hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Benson .... assistant director
Melvin Lind .... second assistant director
David Skynner .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Leon Apsey .... head of construction
Bruce Bigg .... property master
Roy Evans .... construction manager
Kevin Phipps .... assistant art director
Brian Read .... production buyer
Alfie Smith .... stand-by property supervisor
Micky Swift .... stand-by propman (as Mickey Swift)
Bill Stallion .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Bates .... sound editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Munro .... sound recordist
Andrew Sissons .... sound maintenance engineer
Colin Wood .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
George Gibbs .... special effects supervisor
David Watson .... special effects technician (as Dave Watson)
Terence J. Cox .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Alan Poole .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical camera (uncredited)
Simon Margetts .... director of photography: main title sequence (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Romo Gorrara .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator
Bob Bremner .... gaffer (as Bobby Bremner)
Graham Hall .... clapper loader
Simon Hume .... focus puller
David James .... still photographer
Bill Thornhill .... best boy
Jimmy Waters .... grip
Jimmy Worley .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephen Cornish .... wardrobe assistant (as Steve Cornish)
Jenny Hawkins .... wardrobe assistant
Ray Usher-Cooper .... wardrobe master (as Ray Usher)
 
Editorial Department
Kevin Phelan .... unit projectionist: Mercury Theatres, London
William Webb .... assistant film editor
David Barrett .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Jonathan Lucas .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Peter Holt .... music editor
André Jacquemin .... music producer
Dick Lewzey .... orchestral recordist
John Williams .... musician: solo guitar
John Du Prez .... conductor (uncredited)
George Hamer .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mark White .... production driver
Roy Clarke .... driver: Jamie Lee Curtis (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant
Peter Byck .... assistant: Mr. Shamberg, USA
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise .... assistant: Dr. Cleese
Pauline Clift .... animal supplier
Robert Conway .... legal advisor
Nick Daubeny .... location manager: Oxford
Diana Dill .... continuity
Bill Edwards .... unit publicist
Yvonne Heeks .... assistant accountant
Ralph Kamp .... production assistant
Christopher Knowles .... assistant location manager: London
William Lang .... location manager
Liz Lehmans .... production assistant
Ian Miles .... financial controller
Janine Modder .... production coordinator (as Janine Lodge)
Alexandra Stone .... assistant to producer
Mark Birmingham .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Yvonne Eastmond .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Richard Morrison .... title designer (uncredited)
Kimberley Vashiell .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
108 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the robbery scene, it really was Kevin Kline who shot the crossbow at the sensor. Kevin got the shot off correctly on the second take.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Otto chases Archie across the lawn there are multiple shadows indicating at least three spotlights.See more »
Quotes:
[Ken drives at Otto with a steamroller. Otto laughs, until he realizes his feet are trapped in cement, and his gun is empty]
Otto:Ken! Ken! Wait, wait, Ken! Kenny! I... may I call you Kenny?
Ken:Remember Wanda!
Otto:I got the deal of a lifetime! Fifty-fifty, you and me, what do you say! Okay, okay, okay, sixty-forty! That's my final offer!
Ken:REVENGE!
Otto:Wait, I got an idea! You take it all! Yeah, here's my boarding pass, Ken!
Ken:I'm gonna, I'm gonna k-ka, kill you!
Otto:Okay, fine, Ken! Come at me, give me your best shot! Go on, Ken! You don't have the guts, admit it!
[the steamroller bears down on him]
Otto:Okay, you have the guts, good... wait!
[...]
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99 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
The Funniest Movie Ever Made, 31 May 1999
Author: DanB-4 from Canada

This is the only film I ever paid to see two days in a row. I missed too much of it the first time because of my own hysterical snorting laughter.

This is a work of comic genius. And, like any good film, the screenplay is at the heart of the belly laughs. Every character is given a detailed personality quirk or two, and then it is shamefully exploited for laugh after laugh. Note for example, John Cleese's speech to Jamie Lee Curtis about how awful it is to be British - the eternal fear of embarrassment. Moments later, he is caught buck naked in a marital tryst in some else's flat by the people to used to live in his own home. Also, the funny-offensive envelope is pushed to the limit when K-K-K-Ken (Michael Palin), the passionate animal lover inadvertently kills three innocent dogs in his attempt to murder an old woman who would otherwise be a prosecution witness. Now that's funny!

Cleese's character, Archie Leach (Carey Grant's real name) is a likable buffoon of a lawyer, happy in his banal existence until he meets the sexy American, Wanda (Jamie Lee). I cannot even being to describe the plot beyond that point without doing it a grave disservice. It twists and dangles about in a world of double-cross and goldfish-eating for no other reason than to set up a joke.

You cannot speak of this film without mention of Kevin Kline as Otto, a role that won him a richly-deserved Oscar. Otto is the ex-CIA "weapons man" who makes it his business to read philosophy but would be more at home with Curious George. An obsessive, self-indulgent, painfully stupid, violent, deceitful, gullible egomaniac, the character of Otto is amongst the best comedic performances ever delivered.

The film's funniest scene takes place at Leach's (Cleese) house. In a scene that rivals anything that has ever hit the screen for laughs, the film and its scripts looks deep enough into itself to even give Cleese's dry-as-toast wife a laugh or two. Then, later on, this scene proves to be the set up for even more jokes. A Fish Called Wanda is pure comedy and every scene either provides a laugh or sets one up - it graciously does not waste our time trying to be moral or turning into a formula car-chase flick.

My comments are choppy but so is this movie. If you see it and don't laugh, check your pulse. We have only been given a handful of good comedies in the last decade. A Fish Called Wanda is a treasure. **** out of ****.

NOTE: TBS and some other TV networks show this film with the "offensive language" edited out. It kills the movie - if you can't hack the language, pass this one over.

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